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16 of 19  Fri 27th Sep 2013 7:49am  
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Hi, thanks for that. I too have seen Moat House on the map but there is also a house called Moat House on the opposite side of the M6 with a moat near School Lane, so I think a lot of people may get the two mixed up. Like I say I've been on the internet but cannot find anything about it. Surely a big Manor House in the middle of Bedworth in the 1800s with all that wealth must not have gone unnoticed with all that poverty around?? Surely not, lol.
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17 of 19  Fri 27th Sep 2013 3:14pm  
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Moat House Amongst the landowners of Exhall were William and Edward Wilson and their family home of Moat House. Whilst it is no longer a through road most local people still know Wilsons Lane which was named after the family. The property was rebuilt in 1898 and the initials CWH stand for Charles Wilson Hill William Wilson was born in 1786 and was listed as both a farmer and being of independent means so was obviously a wealthy man owning land at Woodshires Green, Newlands and Over Whitacre. He also had a share in Wyken Colliery. He died sometime in the 1850s Edward Wilson was born in 1830 is probably better known for his ownership of Exhall Colliery which he formed as a limited company in 1857. The colliery was situated off Little Sydnal Lane (now Bayton Road) and ran parallel with the Coventry Road towards Black Bank. His address is usually given as Moat House, Exhall although the various census returns never show him in residence. Edward married his wife Mary A. Hall from Stoke in August 1880, she died in 1902, seven years after the death of Edward. Edward died in November 1895. The probate for his estate was given to his executors Charles Wilson-Hill (Gentleman) and Arthur Lole, (Colliery manager) his effects being valued at £39,940-13-1d gross, (net value £29,684. 13s. 8d). Both these were left £100 each in the will. He left his wife Mary £100, a life annuity of £250, and the use and enjoyment of the Moat House and its furniture during her life. To his niece Annie Elizabeth Wilson he left £500, Exhall Grange and certain land to John Eagleton Hill during his life. Certain land at Bedworth went into trusts for his niece, Florence Brickwell, and the remainder of his real estate, including the Moat House (subject to Mrs. Wilson's life interest) was left in trust for Charles Wilson Hill during his life. He was buried at St. Giles Exhall on 25th November 1895, the service being conducted by the Revd. Charles Hill (father of Charles Wilson-Hill), Vicar of Culworth in Northamptonshire. As Edward had no children he left his colliery properties and the residue of his estate in trust, two-eighteenths, for his nephew, Charles Wilson Hill, and the remaining sixteen-eighteenths for 12 nephews and nieces. One of these nieces, Elizabeth Brickwell married Captain C.D. Millar who became the Manager of Exhall Colliery in 1906 until May 1939. I have more information about the house which I will post over the weekend. Not a lot of spare time as usual as we are rebuilding the Northern Warwickshire Tourism website which is due to be launched on 1st November.
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18 of 19  Fri 27th Sep 2013 10:20pm  
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Thank you so much for all the information Heritage. And thanks for the photos. Once again I knew someone here could have the information, and very good luck with the rebuilding the Northern Warwickshire Tourism website. Don't forget the web link to here... Thumbs up Big grin
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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19 of 19  Sun 29th Sep 2013 8:52am  
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Researching all three Exhall Moat Houses has been difficult and not totally successful. The one in Wilson's Lane was definitely rebuilt in 1898 so we have no idea what it actually looked like. Research work was carried out in the 1990s by Birmingham University and below are two extracts from the report.
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